Steve Biskupic is a smart guy, which is one reason some of the speculation about why he prosecuted Georgia Thompson seems extermely unlikely.
This is a guy who got his dream job when the Supreme Court appointed George Bush president in 2000. Steve Biskupic, aggressive young assistant US attorney, beat out other applicants for the top job in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
It couldn't have taken him long to figure out that his bosses -- first John Ashcroft and then Alberto Gonzales -- were not particularly good to work for, and not particulary good for the rule of law.
Biskupic still is young. He has a long career in front of him and, until this fiasco, could have had his pick of posts. It makes no sense to me that he would launch a political prosecution to kowtow to the likes of Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales in order to hold on to a job that he will lose in 2008 anyway if a Democratic is elected president, as seems a pretty good bet. When Thompson was indicted in January 2006, Biskupic -- just like everyone else in the world -- could easily see how badly damaged Bush and the Republicans were.
Did Biskupic overreach with the Thompson prosecution? Absolutely. He stretched the law to make it fit his case, and it snapped back at him hard. And yes, it seemed just a bit much that Georgia Thompson was packed off to prison immediately when many, many white collar criminals are allowed to remain free while their appeals are pending. Was George Thompson a flight risk? No. Was she likely to commit further "crimes?" No way.
Biskupic did not serve justice in the Georgia Thompson case, but that does not mean he launched a political prosecution to save his job. In fact, that seems a bit unlikely -- why would he risk his entire future to work two more years for a political hack like Alberto Gonzales?
Biskupic may well have been tripped up by his ambition and zealousness. It's just hard to believe the opportunity to work for two more years for Alberto Gonzales would inspire Biskupic to sacrifice not only Georgia Thompson, but the very ideals he was sworn to uphold.